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The Solar System in Motion

(to the tune of "The Farmer in the Dell")




The Earth turns around,
The Earth turns around.
Once a day, every day,
The Earth turns around.

The moon goes round the Earth,
The moon goes round the Earth.
Once a month, every month,
The moon goes round the Earth.

The Earth goes round the sun,
The Earth goes round the sun.
Once a year, every year,
The earth goes round the sun.

Meish Goldish 


Preferred Vehicles

Leland Jacobs



A bicycle’s fine for a little trip

Up the street or down,

An automobile for a longer trip

Off to another town,

An airplane’s fine for around the world,

To many a far-out place,

And a rocket, oh, for the longest trip

Away into outer space.

Outer Space
by Carol Weston

I look up from Earth and try to see
The planets looking back at me.
I gaze at bright and distant stars
And search for Mercury, Venus, Mars.

I squint at the Milky Way way up high
And look for Jupiter in the sky.
Where are Saturn, Uranus, Neptune?
They're far away, high like the moon.

A telescope would be the best
For spotting Pluto and the rest.
I look for planets in the sky.

(The Farmer in the Dell)

The family of the Sun,
The family of the Sun.
Here are nine planets in
the family of the Sun.

Mercury is hot,
And Mercury is small.
Mercury has no atmosphere.
It's just a rocky ball.

Venus has thick clouds,
That hide what is below.
The air is foul, the ground is hot,
It rotates very slow.

We love the Earth, our home,
Its oceans and its trees.
We eat its food, we breathe its air,
So no pollution, please.

Mars is very red.
It's also dry and cold.
Someday you might visit Mars
If you are really bold.

Great Jupiter is big.
We've studied it a lot.
We found it has 16 moons
And a big red spot.

Saturn has great rings.
We wondered what they were.
Now we know they're icy rocks
Which we saw as a blur.

Uranus and Neptune
We don't know much about.
Maybe you will study them
And then we'll all find out.

Pluto's last in line.
It's farthest from the Sun.
It's small and cold and icy, too.
To land there won't be fun.

The family of the Sun,
The family of the Sun,
There are nine planets and
Now our journey's done.


Oh give me a home, where the planets roam,
where the comets and the asteroids play,
Where seldom is seen,
a human being,
and the stars twinkle all night and all day.

Tuning Up For Outer Space
(sung to "The Farmer in the Dell")

The sun is in the sky. The sun is in the sky.
Hot and bright, it gives us light.
The sun is in the sky.

The moon is in the sky. The Moon is in the sky.
Around and 'round the earth it goes.
The moon is in the sky.

The stars are in the sky. The stars are in the sky.
Twinkly bright, they shine at night.
The stars are in the sky.

(sung to "Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star")

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
I know what you really are:
Giant ball of glowing gas,
One of billions in a mass!
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
Oh, how big you really are!

Twinkle, twinkle, giant star,
Larger than the Earth by far!
Since your distance is a lot,
You look like a tiny dot.
Twinkle, twinkle, giant star,
Very bright, yet very far!

Stars are twinkling, every one,
Some are bigger than the sun!
Just a twinkle in the sky,
Just because you're oh, so high!
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
Oh, how big you really are!

The Solar System
(to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle..)

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
Oh so bright and oh so far.
In the sky, a tiny dot.
Glowing gas that's very hot!
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
Oh so bright and oh so far.

Beaming, beaming, gleaming moon,
Like a giant white balloon.
Round and round the Earth you spin,
Through the month, new shapes you're in.
Beaming, beaming, gleaming moon,
Like a giant white balloon.

Glowing, glowing, red-hot sun.
Shining light on everyone.
Earth goes round you once a year.
You're a star with atmosphere!
Glowing, glowing, red-hot sun,
Shining light on everyone.


Are you lonely, Moon?
You giant white balloon!
You have no water, wind or air.
No wonder, nothing lives up there.
You can't grow trees or flowers or grass.
Your soil is only rocks and glass.
Even your light is not your own.
Instead it's from the sun that's shone.
Your gravity is weak, I hear.
You really have no atmosphere.
But don't be sad, Moon, please don't cry.
For I still love you in the sky.


Here are nine planets that we know.
Round and round the Sun they go.
Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars,
These are the planets near our star.

Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, too.
Neptune, Pluto, we can't see you.
These are the nine planets that we know.
Round and round the Sun they go.

Planet Roll Call

Nine planets around the sun,
Listen as I call each one:
Mercury? Here! Number one,
Closest planet to the sun.
Venus? Here! Number two,
Shining bright, just like new!
Earth? Here! Number three,
Earth is home to you and me.
Mars? Here! Number four,
Red and ready to explore!
Jupiter? Here! Number five,
Largest planet, that's no jive!
Saturn? Here! Number six,
With rings of dust and ice that mix.
Uranus? Here! Number seven,
A planet tilted high in heaven.
Neptune? Here! Number eight,
With one dark spot whose size is great.
Pluto? Here! Number nine,
The smallest and the last in line!

Sing A Song of Solar System
Sing a Song of Sixpence

Sing a song of solar system,
Nine planets in all,
Orbiting around the Sun,
Each shaped like a ball.

The Sun is in the middle.
It's a hot, burning star.
Next come the inner planets,
Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars.

Sing a song of solar system.
Be sure to avoid
All those rocks in the belt
Known as asteroids.

Next Jupiter and Saturn,
They're gassy as you know;
Then Uranus and Neptune,
And don't forget Pluto!


I am the moon and I play a game
I don't always look the same.
Sometimes I'm round, a silver sphere.
Sometimes just half of me seems to be here.
Sometimes I'm a crescent, shaped like a smile.
Sometimes I surprise you and hide for awhile!
Look up in the sky for my friendly light --
What shape will I be when you see me tonight?



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